Just thinking about overcoming drug and alcohol addiction can be overwhelming. Don't let the enormity of the task keep you from beginning it. Beating drug and alcohol addiction will be a challenge, but you can do it, and here are five tools to help you along the way.
  1. A Set of Goals
Just as an athlete in training sets goals to prepare for a big competition, you should set goals for your upcoming task. Know what you want to accomplish at the end of all of this, and set smaller goals along the way so you can actually see your progress. Things like "I want to complete a rehab program," "I want to stop thinking negative thoughts," or "I want to cleanse my body of the toxins" are good goals to set that, when combined, will help you achieve recovery.
  1. A Treatment Plan
Don't blindly walk into treatment without knowing what to expect. Find out about your treatment options and be as much a part of the planning as you can be. Following the guidance of treatment staff, learn what therapies will be best for you, what your treatment will look like, and how long you can expect to be in rehab.
  1. Motivation
What is it that is motivating you to recover? Is it a loved one, the desire to be healthy again, or the fear of being controlled by your addiction that makes you want to stop? Whatever it is that is causing you to reach out for help, hold on to that motivation and think about it daily so you can remain committed to sobriety.
  1. A Team of Experts
You have taken advantage of a wonderful opportunity by enrolling in a treatment program. Trust those professionals. Follow their guidance. They have been through this before and they do know what they are doing and how to help you.
  1. A Support Network
In rehab, you will be connected to many others who understand what you are going through. Build relationships with these people and be willing to call on them for help when you need it. Those around you will help you beat addiction and avoid relapse. Continue the discussion on alcoholism by posting your thoughts on our Facebook wall.
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